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Middle and high school students gathered at Duncanville High School on November 19 to participate in the YMCA Texas Youth and Government conference, a means for local clubs to simulate the legislative and judicial sections of government.
 
Twenty-one Lakehill Upper School students, representing eight Lakehill teams, competed in the State Affairs Forum.
 
The proposal by Zain ImamVarun Iyer, and Dylan Welch on raising the penalties for drunk driving was ranked second overall. Ben Gillman and Zain Imam were awarded Distinguished Delegate for their outstanding performance in pro/con debate.
 
Zain Imam served as the District 5 State Affairs Forum Chair and will serve as the Statewide Chair at the State Conference. All Lakehill teams will advance to State, to be held January 26-29 in Austin. 
 
Middle School Debate was represented by 15 students from sixth and seventh grades who were among hundreds of middle school students in attendance. 
 
The students authored legislative bills and presented them in committee, defending their positions by answering questions. Although many of the students were new to the process, they worked hard to prepare for the conference, and many of their bills were passed. This conference serves as preparation for the State Conference in Austin on March 3-5. Students will visit the Texas State Capitol and have the opportunity to share opinions with many students from across the state. 

Lakehill Middle School has been named an outstanding delegation at the state conference for the past two years and is looking forward to continuing this tradition. "District was a great experience and good preparation for state," said Middle School Debate Club President Alexander Dondis. "Many team members enjoyed debating and we hope that our success in District will carry on to State."
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